Posts Tagged ‘FTC’
Government says company’s claims that fitness models would help them lose weight and tone up were unfounded; orders $40 million paid in compensation.
Reuters reports that Kevin Trudeau will have to pay $37.6 million for violating FTC settlement over his TV ads selling supposed cures for AIDS and other ills.
Allowing the icons to remain is one of the concessions government officials say they are likely to make as they work to persuade companies to curb junk-food marketing to kids.
FTC lawsuits claim websites violate federal law by using logos of major news outlets to mislead consumers into thinking they’re reading real news reports.
The Federal Trade Commission’s recent release of draft proposals to help save the floundering journalism profession hasn’t made many people happy.
The 47-page document, “Potential Policy Recommendations to Support the Reinvention of Journalism,” lays out a number of suggestions to help aid the struggling newspaper business, which, it says, is “moving through a significant transition in [...]
CHICAGO — A federal appeals court says infomercial pitchman and author Kevin Trudeau won’t have to serve a 30-day jail sentence for getting his supporters to flood a federal judge’s computer with e-mails.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling in FTC v. Trudeau, threw out Trudeau’s contempt of court conviction yesterday. The three-judge panel [...]
CHICAGO — An appeals court issued a last-minute order yesterday staying author and infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau’s 30-day jail sentence for unleashing a flood of e-mails that locked up a federal judge’s computer and his BlackBerry.
The word from the appeals court came only minutes before Trudeau had expected to be taken into custody to start [...]
WASHINGTON — Media companies need to deliver compelling information on a variety of electronic devices and overcome readers’ resistance to paying for material online, news executives said yesterday at a government-sponsored journalism conference.
Rupert Murdoch, News Corp.’s chairman and chief executive, sees a promising future for publishers that can adapt to the Internet age. Key to [...]
WASHINGTON — The Web sites we visit, the online links we click, the search queries we conduct, the products we put in virtual shopping carts, the personal details we reveal on social networking pages — all of this can give companies insight into what Internet ads we might be interested in seeing.
But privacy watchdogs warn [...]
Americans tired of having their dinners interrupted by phone calls touting car warranties or vacation packages will soon get some relief.
The Federal Trade Commission said yesterday it was banning many types of pre-recorded telemarketing solicitations, known as robo-calls. Currently, consumers must specifically join a do-not-call list to avoid them. Starting Sept. 1, telemarketers will first [...]
NEW YORK — The Web site said an herbal remedy could cure cancer and offered miraculous firsthand accounts. One woman offered to “share my experience”: The formula had routed her lymphoma, sparing her radiation treatment, she said.
What she didn't mention is that she also owned the company selling the product she praised online, authorities said.
NEW YORK — The online journal gave a chatty account of a problem-free face-lift. “You will never regret it,” the patient wrote.
But the seemingly satisfied customer actually was an employee of the firm behind the Lifestyle Lift, writing as part of a company campaign to plant plugs for the procedure online, state Attorney General Andrew [...]
WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission charged five companies with making false and misleading claims for cancer cures and said Sept. 18 that it had reached settlements with six others.
“As long as products have been sold there has been somebody out there selling snake oil to consumers,” said Lydia Parnes, director of the FTC's bureau [...]